Must Have Sewing and Embroidery Tools

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Happy Friday! We’re gathering up our favorite craft supplies this month and today it’s my turn to show off my must have sewing and embroidery tools!

My two big loves in the craft room are sewing and embroidery – so I have to share my go-to materials with you! Let’s start with embroidery!

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For transferring embroidery my favorite pens are these iron-on transfer pens from Sublime Stitching. They have super fine tips so you can really get those details transferred perfectly!

Fine Tip Iron-On Transfer Pens

You know I feel strongly about my DMC Embroidery Floss and this new Popular Colors pack is a great bundle of threads. I adore these colors!

One of other must have’s when stitching is the DMC Color Book. This book has little swatches of every thread so when you’re choosing colors you can go to the store with a plan – and easily see what colors come in floss, pearl, and more.

So now that we’re all set for stitching, let’s start sewing!

For most projects I cut them out on my oversized Fiskars mat and yes, when it comes to cutting mats – size matters. ;)

Seam ripping is yucky, so I’m all for making it easier! This handy seam ripper has a little cap that you can use to make removing threads super easy – they just kind of “stick” to it!

I absolutely cannot resist cute embroidery scissors – and these little unicorn scissors are my faves (right now!). They work really well too so they’re cute and useful – always a must. :)

Gold Unicorn 4" embroidery scissors - small unicorn sewing scissors - for cross stitching, needlework, quilting

This is such a little thing but soooo useful, especially with all the bags, pillows and quilts I sew! This little point turning tool makes it so you have nice crisp points on all those seams and corners. And it’s super cheap too!

I keep this handy bottle of Best Press with my iron all the time and use it on pretty much every project I make! It works like a starch without all the gummy mess that usually comes with starch. It’s really light and it smells great – and you don’t have to worry about it discoloring the fabric! She has other scents if lavender isn’t your thing.

And speaking of irons – I know this is pricier than the usual irons you can pick up at any store, but I got this little beauty last year for Christmas and it is my favorite thing ever. It is a Rowenta Iron and it’s perfect for sewists. It’s nice and hot, heats up quickly, has a good sharp point on the top and just all around works so great. Gushing here, I know, but I seriously love this iron!

Cute sewing supplies are a must! I’m loving this little floral measuring tape from Riley Blake! I like to take this kind along in my bag for measurements in the wild too.

I’m pretty much blind as a bat so good lighting in the sewing room is a must for me! This Ottlite Desk Lamp is perfect for right by my sewing machine – plus it has a handy caddy for scissors, seam rippers and marking pens!

Washi Tape! I know – these aren’t sewing supplies – but I use washi tape in the sewing room all the time! It’s perfect for marking seam guides on your machine and you can remove it without a big mess. I also use it in embroidery to wrap around the edges of fabrics that will fray! This cute measuring tape washi has the added bonus of the ruler on it too!

I hope you’ve had fun looking at my favorite sewing machine supplies! I didn’t include my machine because it’s being a little wonky and I’m on the hunt for an upgrade! But I’d love to know what your favorite supplies are!

Make sure you come back next week for more fun must have craft supplies!

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Tips: Sharpen Your Sewing Tools

It is the last week for sewing tips for July’s Must Have Craft Tips & More.
 
 If it is your first time here, my friends, Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Kara of Mine for the Making and I (Allison of A Glimpse Inside), pick a theme for each month and share a special tip to go with that theme every Friday.

And like I stated in the beginning, we are finishing up some great Sewing tips! In case you missed them, check out Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few super simple ways to sharpen those tools of yours!

Most scissors, rotary cutters, pins and needles get dull over time from use.
They can easily be sharpened with a few items you probably already have sitting around the house.

My number one go to is Foil. Yep! Aluminum foil that you have sitting in a drawer in your kitchen.
I know I always have this on hand so I go to it first.

All you have to do is take a large piece of foil and fold it numerous times.
Then get to cutting!
Test your scissors on a scrap piece of fabric as you go to see if you need to sharpen them a little more.

This is perfect for all types of scissors.

This is excellent for Pinking Shears because really, how else are you going to sharpen those crazy, toothy blades?

And is great for rotary cutters as well!

 And if foil doesn’t cut it for you, you can also use sand paper or steel wool to sharpen your cutting tools. So Sew Easy has examples of both of these methods on her blog.
I’ve never tried the sand paper but have done the steel wool. I’d highly recommend doing it over a trash can!Now do you need to sharpen those pins and needles too?!
Here are two types of pin cushions you can create to help with that problem.
 
This cute steel wool pin cushion is perfect!
Just run your pins and needles through the cushion a few times to sharpen them.
Just don’t store the n the cushion! The steel wool will rust your pins.
 

Another option is to created an  Emery Pincushion using emery powder. This one you can use to store your needles and pins.And here is one last tip. It isn’t for sharpening but just a cool tip to help get those pins in and out of fabric a little easier.

 
 

Don’t have any more stubborn pins by slipping them into a bar of soap for a little lubricant.

Here are a few pin cushion ideas you can make to create one of these sharpening pin cushions for yourself.

1. 15 Cute DIY Pincushions
2. Embroidered Mason Jar Pincushion
3. Chic Pincushion
4. Le Pouf Pincushion

See you next month with all new tips!

 
 


allison